Best Folk Rock Artistsqueen11 Folk rock originates from... you guessed it, folk music. Folk rock hit the mainstream thanks to The Animals 1964 hit "House of the Rising Sun," a song that dates back to the late 19th century. Their success was followed by some of the best remembered artists in the genre including Bob Dylan.
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Knockin on heaven's door, all along the watchtower, Chimes of freedom. Bob Dylan was more than a folk rock artist. His music influenced so many significant artists, that some people don't even know that it was originally his music. Bob Dylan is a genius.
I love Bob Dylan, but it is obvious that people voting on this list don't have a clue about Folk Music. Where is John Prine? This list is insulting to anyone who has a clue what they are talking about. He should be number 2, but to not even have him on the list makes this list totally invalid.
Each of his song bears depth in lyrics with simple but beautiful tune. His songs can swing your mood better than anything. Such beauty, such composure! The best folk rock artist ever born!
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Neil young is brilliant. He is one of the only musicians which capture the real essence of emotion in his song. You can connect heart of gold with loss and are you ready for the country with hope. He is also quite funny too. One of the truly great folk artist. He and big Dylan are #1 for me because I can't choose which is better.
I've been listening to this guy all my life and he still amazes me. He's the reason I learned to play guitar and harmonica. He was the reason buffalo Springfield was so cool. Cheers
Neil Young is the reason I started to sing and play harmonica when I play guitar. There are some great artists on this list, but I truly believe that Neil rises above all. Some of his songs can be used to define Folk/Folk Rock. The song writing he has done is legendary.
Hey, Hey, My, My
Rock and roll can never die!
Discovered Neil Young in 1970, I was 11 years old. And I'm 58 now and I'm still listening and loving his music. He is all about the music and he makes you feel it. A true musician who never sold out. The Best.V 7 Comments
Go on YouTube and search the song "Bridge Over Troubled Waters". It is a song filled with beauty and wonder. Paul Simon was one of the greatest song writers and Art Garfunkel has such an amazing voice.
I can't believe Mumford and Sons are in the number 2 spot, I don think they reach the standards of artists such as: Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young etc.
This band does not have a bad song. Paul Simon is an amazing songwriter, writing every song they made. "The Sounds of Silence" is a deep song with amazing lyrics. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is such an inspirational song. Don't forget "Homeward Bound", "Cecelia", "Scarborough Fair", and "Mrs. Robinson". There is something for everyone
What Mumford and sons aren't even folk rockV 3 Comments
They are the best in current scenario. Because, they learnt from Bob Dylan. Their 2nd album "Babel" won the Album of the year award at prestigious 2013 Grammy awards. - ankittayal1
Mumford and Sons are excellent and I could listen to them all day, but number two? What about Cat Stevens, Neil Young etc?
Mumford and sons are amazing. They're going to have so many more Grammy winning albums in their future
Don't deserve to be #3.V 7 Comments
It's sad because not many people know the story behind his sad soul so I will. Nick drake was not a Syd Barrett or Keith moon. He was known to take drugs but that's not what killed him. What killed him was the same mental disorder these 3 musicians all had: bipolar disorder. He gecame so depressed it was the death of him. Such a sad soul with so little time on the limelight.
A poor talented soul who deserved much more during his lifetime.
Such a beautiful voice. Could listen to him all day.
A genius. Period.
The album Blue is one of the best albums of all time regardless of genre. The songwriting is superb. Joni is right up there with bob and Neil as well as James and Carole!
Brilliant. Should be in the top 3.
Byrds not only mixed successfully Dylan with Beatles, their best work goes beyond that, a mix of psychedelia, jazz, great pop melodies and harmonies is what shapes their best, "Younger Than Yesterday" is the proof, it shows their talent, McGuinn's 12 string sounding like the combination of a Harpsichord and a Banjo marks their distinctive sounds.
They invented the genre "Folk Rock".
The invented "Folk Rock."
Seventh place for a band that put electricity into the folk music they played? S and G hated what Tom Wilson did to their acoustic folk music and didn't want it rocked up. And Mumford and Son a rock band? Really?V 6 Comments
Leonard was nothing short of incredible, amazing, and wonderful. He was a special man who will be missed and continued to be loved by his true fans!
Leonard Cohen below Mumford And Sons? Piss off
Seriously! Piss off! Leonard Cohen is THE MAN.
The best what more needs saidV 1 Comment
The best harmony band ever. All know about Young but Stills was very good on guitar particularly the acoustic in addition to being very good song writer and a great vocalist. Crosby and Nash blended in with perfect harmonies while often contributing some brilliant songs. However most of their later albums were disappointing
Some of the greatest harmonies ever. Crosby from the Byrds, Stills from Buffalo Springfield (and later Neil Young), and Graham Nash from the Hollies. Suite:Judy Blue Eyes, written for Judy Collins, is particularly amazing.
I love Crosby, Stills, and Nash so much. My four teddy bears named Violet, Bluebell, Rose, and Lily love them.
Should be in 2nd behind S&GV 1 Comment
Where is Cat? He is always forgotten because he converted to Islam and changed his name, but back in his reign, during the 70's, he wrote some of the greatest songs of all time including Peace Train, Wild World, Foreigner Suite, Moonshadow, and many more.
Absolutely. Creativity abounds from this man. If only that incident in the ocean never happened who knows how many more great Stevens albums we would have had. I just discovered him at the age of 31 his year and could only wish I knew of him earlier and before is 2016 tour so I could have gone to see him live.
This is Cat Stevens territory, this category. Move him up!
Brilliant. Grew up listening to Cat. Father and Son is my all-time favourite song.V 8 Comments
I don't consider the animals folk, however, they are fantastic
Not necessarily folk, but truly a great band. - naFrovivuS
Take a load off Annie and you put the load right on me
Is Fire and Rain the best song ever written? If not there aren't many above it.
His version of "Steam Roller" is brill and shocking fantastic
There are things about this list that do look a little screwy. The Animals were terrific, but they're not folk rock, and they're in the top ten? Mumford &Sons are good, but not second best. This seems like it is a relatively new list, so it should straighten itself out, hopefully. Meanwhile, J. T. Is incredible, and should be top five.
The Mamas and the Papas suck! They made everything worse. If any member had to be dropped from the band, it would be Cass Elliot because she was too fat and too round.
I HATE the Mamas and the Papas so much! They suck. Peter, Paul, and Mary are way better than the Mamas and the Papas
Cass Elliot was too fat and too round when I screamed at the Mamas and the Papas. John Phillips wasn't ugly. Denny Doherty was ugly. Michelle Phillips was ugly.
I’ve always found The Mamas and the Papas annoying because of their stupid songs and their harmonizing. Cass Elliot was the main reason why people don’t like this horrible groupV 5 Comments
Absolutely. Move this man WAY up! So underrated, not just his singles, but album cuts like Beautiful, For Lovin' Me, Daylight Katy, does great covers too (Me and Bobby McGee, Last Thing on My Mind). Great singer and songwriter.
"The Edmund Fitzgerald" It's in my head and I can't get it out! This great singer songwriter is pure Folk Rock. He should be at least in the top 5 in this line-up.
One of the originators of the genre, certainly worth the top ten.
So underrated and underappreciated - Billyv
I would have voted for Neil Young but then I saw Syd. This man is really the definition of "mad genius". He was quite insane, and took way to many drugs, but he was still able to craft musical masterpieces, including Pink Floyds first album "Piper at the Gates of Dawn". - Doom
A true genius, constructed music so well and lyrics were just majestic, a real individual, they'll never be anyone like him again.
Very good folk and psychedelic rock musician with one of the saddest history in the music business.
After he was with Pink Floyd he started folk. You can tell the folk rock in him from songs like the gnome and bike. Great folk music. Great musicianx
Beautiful, poetic lyrics, beautiful and accomplished vocals, great guitar, great chords etc etc
Grace. What more could you want?
Rest in Peace Jeff Buckley!
My everything. Period.V 2 Comments
Name ten contemporary folk albums that you can listen to straight through without skipping a track. Both Lumineers albums will be in that top ten. Simply amazing attention to detail. Check out the KEXP live sessions from them. Amazing artists. Amazingly rugged. Amazingly simple. Amazing.
The songs and lyrics have a meaning! Music with great lyrics, is great music
Everyone of their songs are incredible. I would definitely switch them out with Mumford and sons
I love them. Listen opheliaV 10 Comments
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